In Mark 6:7-13, Christ’s ministry expands as He sends His disciples out, by two, through the country side to preach the Gospel.
Christ involved His disciples in “the ministry.”
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
I believe that, from all we’ve seen thus far, Christ was doing a pretty good job of preaching the Gospel Himself. Did He really need the help? (I think we all understand that, “No,” He didn’t need the help.) However, Christ chose to give His disciples the responsibility to preach the Gospel.
Christ does not “need” our help. And yet, He wants to use us!
2 Corinthians 5:18–20
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
We have been reconciled to God.
Reconciled: to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated;
Sin has alienated every single one of us from God but praise the Lord, through Jesus Christ, we have been brought back into union with God! We have been reconciled to God by Christ and He has now given us the ministry of reconciliation!
We are ambassadors for Christ.
An ambassador is:
A minister of the highest rank employed by one prince or state, at the court of another, to manage the public concerns of his own prince or state, and representing the power and dignity of his sovereign.
We are Christ’s representatives in this present world. We are to manage Christ’s concerns - which is to seek and to save that which is lost - while at the same time representing Him in a fashion that is worthy of His power and dignity - for His honor and for His glory!
We should concern ourselves with His concerns!
We should conduct ourselves in a manner that is worthy of His power and dignity!
Next, before He “set them loose” He gave them some instructions. We see those instructions in vs. 8-11.
The disciples had to trust Christ.
And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey, save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse: But be shod with sandals; and not put on two coats.
The disciples were commanded to take nothing for their journey. All they were to take - literally - were the clothes that they were wearing. They had to trust Christ for everything else!
Simply trusting every day Trusting through a stormy way Even when my faith is small Trusting Jesus, that is all Trusting as the moments fly Trusting as the days go by Trusting Him whate'er befall Trusting Jesus, that is all
› How well are you doing at trusting God - for everything?
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on thee: Because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: For in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
Right now, in the wake of COVID-19; in the wake of civil unrest, we must trust God like never before. I do not say this lightly but, for some, it is a matter of trust simply to come to church right now. I get it and I understand but bless God, we can trust Him! He is trustworthy! God is more trustworthy than the World Health Organization; He is more trustworthy than the CDC; He is more trustworthy than Fox News; He is more trustworthy than all the social media fact checkers put together!
One church, here in our area, has had a sign which reads, “Saying our prayers; Listening to the scientists.” Bless God it should read, “Saying our prayers and trusting God!”
Not only did Christ instruct the disciples to trust Him for everything but He also told Him that...
The disciples’ provision would come through others.
And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place.
One commentator wrote: In every place someone—rich or poor, artisan or aristocrat—would be waiting for them, glad for the opportunity of extending hospitality to them.
While God is quite powerfully enough to miraculously provide, often it is God’s plan to provide for the needs of His servants through others. We see that throughout Scripture.
1 Kings 17:8–9
And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
God wants to use you to provide for the needs of His servants.
I’m thinking specifically for the needs of our missionaries around the world who are seeking to do just as these disciples did - preach the Word!
2 Corinthians 8:7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
Abound in the grace of giving!
COVID-19 “hit” right after our missions revival. To the point where we did not receive nearly as many commitments to give!
As I say that, though, I must commend our church family. We have continued to support all of our missionaries and, Praise the Lord, our mission giving is only about $600 less than what our expenses have been thus far.
May I challenge you with this: whether you wrote down a commitment for missions or not, go ahead and make a commitment to God and give to support our missionaries!
It takes just as much “trust in God” to give for missions as it does for the missionaries to go to the mission field!
Now, after Christ gave the disciples His instructions...
The disciples obeyed.
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
I believe that the application of this verse should be very apparent to each of us.
› Are we being obedient?
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Are we going? Are we telling? Are we being obedient to Christ’s command?